Travels of The Rose 2018-04-25 10:06:00


After 14 years, 5 round trips along the ICW between S Florida and RI, and approximately 16,000 miles we have reluctantly decided that it’s time for The Rose to be handled by folks, (me mostly) with more physical ability. She has been a central part of our life since that 1st day in Anchorage Marina, Baltimore, MD that has resulted in memories and friends that are close to our heart.

The Rose is now listed with Curtis Stokes & Associates where Joe & Kathy Pica will handle her from this point forward.

Here is the link to the listing at Yacht World.

April 2018 Update on Us

This weekend, Nordhavn is throwing an event at their corporate office in Dana Point to celebrate their 40 year anniversary. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to attend. Its extra-sad because Saturday, April 28 is the 11 year anniversary of when we left on our circumnavigation. It would have been so fitting to celebrate our anniversary … Continue reading April 2018 Update on Us

Alaska 2018 Post 1 – Anacortes to Roche Harbor

April 24, 2018

This year we are moving north slowly, taking several days enroute to Vancouver to attend the NW Selene Owner’s Rendezvous in Roche Harbor on San Juan Island.  The slow start is actually good for the trip north through the tidal rapids since high slack water, our preferred transit time for the rapids north of Desolation Sound, will be in the middle of the daylight hours, allowing a smooth passage north, weather dependent.

After last minute shopping for perishables in Anacortes, parking the car for the next three months and filling the water tanks with fresh water, we cast off the lines from Anacortes Marina at 1120.  The skies were hazy and there was a brisk NW wind which covered Spirit in salt spray.  Once into Harney Channel the wind subsided, and the water was glassy.

Spirit took advantage of the ebb tide down Spieden Channel, showing 10.7 knots over the bottom.  Entering Roche Harbor west of Pearl Island, we docked at the Roche Harbor Yacht Club Outstation at slip G-15 at 1450 under now sunny and warm skies, joining several other early arrival Selenes.  Our log shows 27.2 nautical miles since leaving Anacortes Marina.

After washing the salt off Spirit and launching the tender, we spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing in the sun, watching 2 more Selene Trawlers arrive, with 2 more anchored in the harbor. 

Roche Harbor has upgraded the AC shore power on G dock to GFCI breakers, and owners are finding that AC wiring on board must be ABYC compliant to avoid tripping the GFCI breakers.  Marina staff is here to help, but often the only solution is to move to a non-GFCI slip elsewhere in the marina, until the wiring issues are resolved.

The Selene Rendezvous is a gathering of Selene owners and prospective owners, along with several vendors who support the fleet.  The owners gather annually and partake of both social activities and a variety of learning seminars.  The rendezvous is organized by owner volunteers, with additional financial support provided by the vendor community.


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